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Nashville Chamber Board Preparing For Christmas Shopping Season And Events

The Nashville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors met Wednesday, October 7 for a busy meeting.

The board spoke about how the Fall Festival went and it was again profitable, as it is the big event of the year.

The Chamber will need to find an ice truck for next year to hold the ice.

Overall, the Chamber board had positive comments on everything so far.

The board discussed and approved to join the Shop Southern Illinois program, which encourages area residents to do a majority of their holiday shopping locally, instead of traveling out of the area or ordering online.

The website, has facts and figures on how important it is to shop locally.

Visitors are encouraged to sign an online pledge form that they will do a majority of their holiday shopping locally and they will be entered into a weekly prize drawing, as well as an end-of-the-year grand prize drawing. There is no requirement for shoppers to verify their shopping.

The Nashville Chamber of Commerce will promote this website and program on their website.

Participating chambers will have their logo on the SSI website. Last year, 10 area chambers cooperated in the program.

The Chamber also discussed and approved of membership chamber dues and promotions for 2016. That will be mailed out later this year.

Moonlight Madness is coming up in early November, so details will be forthcoming on that promotion to kick off the holiday shopping season.

Following that is the arrival of Santa Claus in Nashville with Santa Saturday to follow Thanksgiving. Details on where to have Santa’s House will be finalized later this month, as the lawn in front of the Washington County Courthouse will be unavailable due to the renovation.

Nashville Savings Cards for next year will be available in early November and Chamber Director Doris Povolish will be contacting businesses to find out if they would like to be on the savings card.

The General Membership meeting is on Wednesday, October 14 at noon at Girolamo’s and there will be an election for an open spot on the Board. The meeting will also feature guest speaker Greg Brooks of the Moose Lodge.